Lutheran Social Services of Illinois won its sixth annual Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. The $25,000 award honors LSSI's Second Family Program, which combines the agency's child welfare and HIV-AIDS services. The program enables HIV-infected parents to develop permanent placement plans for their children without giving up custody.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is filing a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the justices to uphold state laws in New York and Washington barring physician-assisted suicide. "The church has spoken on this issue, and we can do advocacy in the area," said Ingrid Christiansen, chair of the board of the Division for Church in Society. The church's position is based on its 1992 statement on end-of-life decisions that distinguished between "allowing death" and "taking life."
The Refugee Services of Tressler Lutheran Services, Mechanicsburg, Pa., is anticipating the arrival of 20 to 30 Kurdish refugees from northern Iraq, all of whom are reportedly in grave danger from Saddam H ussein because they or their relatives were employed by the United States.
Paul Weber and his wife, Florence Jowers, new faculty members at Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, N.C., are laying the groundwork for a sacred music program, a first for the school and a rare offering for undergraduates nationwide.
Unexplained deformities in frogs have been found in more than 100 sites around Minneso ta. Since frogs are the "sentinel species" and have similar metabolic processes to humans, tissues from the deformed frogs have been undergoing chromosomal analysis at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D . So far the results suggest that the abnormalities are developmental rather than genetic.
The New Jersey Synod's Camp Beisler, Port Murray, has wo n the 1996 Distinguished Service Award presented by the Association for Retarded Citizens of New Jersey. The award was presented because the camp has hosted a session for retarded children for many years.
Mark Edwards Jr., president of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., has been diagnosed with a localized plasmacytoma in one bone — the sacrum. He will undergo further tests to determine the best course of treatment.
Stanislav Potapov, 22, a client of Refugee Services Program of Lutheran Social Services of New England, West Springfield, Mass., shot receptionist Lyudmila Dmitruk, 21, at her desk. Potapov then left the office and returned to the ground floor, where he killed himself. Dmitruk is now home after being in critical but stable condition at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield following surgery for bullet wounds to her chest and abdomen.
Lutheran Vespers, the ELCA's radio program, is producing a one-hour Christmas special featuring Walt Wangerin and original music composed and performed by Ken Medema.
The Friends in Christ, an ecumenical singing group based in Centerville, Iowa, includes women from four denominations and has been performing at local congregations for the past six years.
The strongly Lutheran city of Fosston, Minn., won the 1996 All America award. The All America cities awards are given annually by the nonprofit National Civic League and the Allstate Foundation to recognize how well cities work to meet community needs. Fosston is the fourth smallest among the 440 All-America communities named since 1949.
Congregations from the Allegheny Synod made more than 800 dolls for the boys and girls of the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church. The synod also sent boxes of art supplies and more than $1,000 to support "Pangani House," a ministry for homeless girls.
Students from the business and accounting departments of Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa., are gaining experience by performing an audit for neighboring St. Peter Lutheran Church.
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